Black Contestants Sue Fox’s “American Idol” For Being Racist

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CHICAGO – Nine Black contestants (all males) from different seasons are joining together to sue Fox’s American Idol for what they are calling a racist plot that forced them out of the show. They claim the plot aimed to boost ratings for the network, and their attorney, James H. Freeman, has already submitted a letter […]

Jesse Jackson To President Obama: “Chicago Needs You Now!”

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CHICAGO – Long-time civil rights activist Jesse Jackson recently wrote an open letter to President Obama regarding the high homicide rates in Chicago. In fact, the homicides rates are astronomical, with more than 560 people being killed in the city in the last 13 months alone. Just last week, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who performed at […]

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation To Give Away 43 Scholarships

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WASHINGTON – The 2013 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation General Mills Health Scholarship Program will provide scholarships for students who plan to continue their education in the fields of medicine, engineering, technology, nutrition or another health-related field and have financial need. Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates or be current postsecondary undergraduates or graduate […]

UMAR JOHNSON: School Desegregation- Curse Or Cure For Black Male Students?

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OPINION – The year was 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision stating that racism had no place in education. Although more of an empty symbol than a true legal mandate, at the time, many of the states, both northern and southern, refused to listen, knowing full well that neither the […]

15-Year Old Girl Killed in Chicago After Performing At President Obama’s Inauguration

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CHICAGO – Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who performed at President Obama’s recent inauguration, was shot and killed in Chicago as she talked with her friends. Witnesses say she and her friends were in a park when suddenly a man opened fire on the group, and Hadiya was shot in the back as she tried […]

Free Book: Affordable Health Insurance For Dummies

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NATIONWIDE – A new book, Individual Health Insurance For Dummies, produced by eHealthInsurance in cooperation with For Dummies®, has been released to help individuals and families to better understand how to obtain affordable health insurance. The book is available for free in print or ebook formats. Consumers may request their copy online by visiting www.AffordableHealthInsurance.org […]

Gabby Douglas : I Nearly Quit Gymnastics to Work at Chick-fil-A

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NATIONWIDE – U.S. Olympic champion Gabby Douglas has finally released a new memoir entitled Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith available now in bookstores nationwide. Inside, Douglas reveals how the incessant training and racism she faced caused her to lose a “passion” for the sport. At times, she “just wanted to be a […]

More Black Women Going Bankrupt: What Can They Do?

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NATIONWIDE – Research has long shown that there is a huge financial gap between whites and Blacks in America. Earlier this year, the Ariel Education Initiative revealed that African Americans are eroding their retirement savings at a much higher rate that other demographics. The report showed that many African-Americans are withdrawing money for unexpected emergencies, […]

Bill Gates Giving Away 1,000 Scholarships to Minority Students in 2013

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NATIONWIDE – Every year, the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented minority students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The program provides scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career. Administered by the United […]

First Black Female NASCAR Driver Seeks Community Support

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NATIONWIDE – Professional racecar driver Tia Norfleet has visions of giving to a community that supports her. As the first, youngest and only African-American female driver on the NASCAR circuit, Tia Norfleet has set the stage to opening the doors of diversity in a highly controversial and predominately male oriented sport. With lawsuits that have […]